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LEGEND 14. MUSICIAN: Lady Tigra 15. VENUE: Bootleg Theater 16. ARTIST: Philip Lumbang 17. GALLERY: New Image Art 18. FILMMAKER: Brad Furman 19. FILM: Black Swan


22. IMAGE GALLERY: LA Street Art 24. FASHION: Winter Fashion Spread 26. DESIGNER: Wren 29. STORE: Levi’s Store 30. JACKETS: Winter His / Her Jackets 32. SHOES: His / Her Shoes 34. ACCESSORIES: Winter Accessories


36. PRODUCTS: Mixed Fashion and Beauty Products 40. CHEF: Scott Conant 41. RESTAURANT: Tinga 42. DRINK: Holiday Cocktail 43. BAR: The Falls 45. FOOD SPOTS: Juices

48. GAME: God of War 50. TECH: Gadget Gifts 53. REVIEW: Xbox Kinect 54. VOLUNTEER: Giving Back 58. CALENDAR: Nov. / Dec. 60. MAP: Distribution Spots 66. LAST LOOK: Samantha Magowan


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hip-hop scene. From writing a jingle for Pinkberry to guest appearances on kids TV show Yo Gabba Gabba, she now calls LA home and is ready to lead the way for other female artists in the genre. While currently recording a followup album, expect to see Tigra on the big screen soon and putting on dance parties at Bar Lubitsch and Hollywood Standard’s Purple Lounge. When it comes to Tigra’s music, humor and bass seem to be the most common elements in the writing process but it’s the realness that keeps her music flowing. “I love the little imperfections of the human touch in the music making process, like a lisp, giggle or one note played off key by accident,” Tigra explains. “I like to leave some mistakes in. We’re listening to such perfectly sanitized sounds now that it’s fun when some moment in the song is a little off and makes you cock your head like ‘huh?’ They didn’t edit that out? It reminds you that people are still making the music even if they’ve got robo-voice.” Story by Ashley Eliot.

Photo by Rush Varela and illustration by Justin Fitzwater

e real. Speak what you feel and own it. That’s sexy,” says power pop/hip-hop artist and vivacious “style chameleon” Lady Tigra (Rachel de Rougemont) who coined the name in sixth grade when she would put on “cat-eye” makeup and flash dagger-like fingernails. Everyone guessed her to be a pussycat but one love-stricken boy deemed her as a “tigra.” While in high school, Tigra and friend Bunny D (Elana Cager) started Miami-based hip-hop group L’Trimm. Even with their Top 40 hit “Cars With The Boom,” three album releases – one grabbing the attention of Atlantic Records, L’Trimm, four years later called it quits. From there, Tigra started working in music and fashion, throwing parties and organizing club nights in New York and Miami, and after many years decided it was time to stop being silent and step back into the spotlight. In 2008, Tigra debuted her first solo record Please Mr. Boombox – a fierce, sexy and booty bouncing mix - and since has been a driving force in the underground

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The Antlers ripping up the stage during their performance at Bootleg.

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ocated on a desolate street beneath a misleading exterior sits a venue that was once a bra factory and warehouse dating back to the 1930’s. Facing Beverly Boulevard, the cozy venue is known for bringing in the best local acts ranging in artisans involved with music, theater, dance and film. The Bootleg Theater, across from Brooklyn Bagel and within the Rampart District, is an arts hub. Founded by Alicia Adams, an actress, producer and set

designer, Bootleg’s purpose is to bring a positive and culturally driven outlet to a depressive area. The theater is funded by the James Irvine Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Bootleg Theater’s casual hangout showcases diverse performers away from the Hollywood scene, which frequently comes up in conversation amongst those in the music scene. Bands such as Broken Bells, Hot Hot

Heat, Funeral Party, Darker My Love, Pepper Rabbit and Giant Drag, to name a few, have taken the stage performing to a crowd of a couple hundred, allowing for an intimate setting for the audience and performers. From the Bootleg’s doorway you can see pretty much the whole room. The crowd hovers around the stage and overhead artistic structures dangle from the ceiling reinforcing the creative atmosphere that is recognized at the venue. Between sets, most of the crowd lingers past the greenroom and head to the back

patio. Make sure not to exit the venue through the front doors, you won’t be let back in. But once in, you won’t want to leave anyway. You’ll end up drinking a couple beers (cash-only bar) then make friends with other fans and talk it up with talented musicians. Soon you might even call it your home away from’s no secret we all need one. Story by Ashley Eliot. Web site: Address: 2220 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90057 Age: 21+


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Nys Dambrot caught up with Lumbang on the eve of some big changes to discuss what happened, what’s next, and what’s really going on with those smiling bears. “My time at Studio Number One was amazing, I learned so much; Shepard is one of the coolest dudes I’ve ever met. But at the end of the day, with so much creativity locked up in my brain, I had to leave to pursue my own

career. I have a show in Denver next year; I’m working with Art of Elysium; and volunteering at a 6-12th grade art program called Room 13 in South Central. LA is a hell of a city -- it’s definitely my favorite place. Every inch is oozing with inspiration.” And the bears? “I can be a jerk if you catch me on a bad day; no one is perfect and I don’t claim to be. These bears, these happy animals, are in a

way a reflection of who I strive to be. They are my answer to the bad news hammered into us by the media. I want to make people happy -- in turn, making me happy.” So far, so good. Follow Lumbang at: philiplumbang. and huglife.bigcartel. com, for information, inspiration, and quality merch. Story by Shana Nys Dambrot.

Photo by Luke Lovell and Illustrations by Philip Lumbang


est known for LA’s ubiquitous blue dancing-bear posters, Phil Lumbang III has been drawing since he can remember; festooning desks, notes, homework -- and most recently, LA Canvas HQ -- with the outpourings of his imagination. After art school he hooked up with Shepard Fairey’s graphics empire, a post he recently departed to work full-time on solo projects. Shana

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ew Image Art Gallery, the brainchild of artist, curator, and surfer chick Marsea Goldberg has shown art in spaces on and around the corner of Fairfax and Santa Monica Boulevards in West Hollywood for the last 15 years. In that time, she introduced LA audiences -- and in many cases world-debuted -- an impressive roster of visual artists who have since gone on to international success as iconic figures in the once-subversive, now-mainstream Street Art movement.

Founder and Director Marsea Goldberg and Associate Director Amber Abramson pose for shot in gallery.

From Shepard Fairey to Neck Face, Ed Templeton, Barry McGee, Jo Jackson, Clare Rojas, Chris Johnason, Jeff Soto, Phil Frost, Cheryl Dunn, Dalek, Rich Jacobs, Albert Reyes -- the foundation of what was to eventually represent LA in the Beautiful Losers juggernaut was laid at New Image Art. Trusted as one of their own by skittish skaters and taggers with volumes of untapped potential; well-known among the artists as a committed collector of contemporary art and a painter herself;

and with a personal love of tough chicks and open-minded collectors, Goldberg’s gallery and international curatorial reputation has flourished as the rest of the art world finally caught up to her visionary, stylish, chic, and ballsy take on contemporary art. With a constantly evolving stable that now includes emerging stars like Kime Buzzelli, Judith Supine, and Suzannah Sinclair, the ladies of New Image Art clearly aren’t slowing down, or turning down the volume, any time

soon. Here’s to another killer 15 years. Story By Shana Nys Dambrot. Location: New Image Art Gallery: 7908 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323.654.2192, Current Show: Menage a Trois: Steve Olson, Susan Melanie Berry, and Craig Stecyk, through November 13. Upcoming: Cleon Peterson: Daybreak, opens November 20.


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want to Trojan Horse the industry,” Brad Furman admits, crackling with excitement after a long day of editing The Lincoln Laywer, his upcoming sophomore directorial effort starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, and Ryan Phillippe. As the conversation continues and the rapidfire Philly native settles into a rhythm, it becomes increasingly apparent why this former NYU basketball player is turning into a Hollywood power player: he just can’t sit still. Furman scored his first feature directing job with The Take, an $800,000 John Leguizamo starring revenge flick he scraped together with independent investors. “It was crazy -- shootings, arrests, the crew got mazed, shot film was stolen,” Furman explains, practically falling off the edge of the couch, “But I just had to do it. It was sink or swim.” Furman swam. The indie did well enough to attract the attention of Matthew McConaughey and Lakeshore Films, who offered him the directing gig on The Lincoln Lawyer. He accepted, but soon learned studio filmmaking has its own set of challenges. “I realized about two weeks in I could have the easiest job in the world. I could just roll in, kick my feet up, and just say yes. But I’m not built like that. I’m out there fighting tooth and nail for what I believe in.” “The system is really built to keep people out. And I understand it’s like that for a reason, but there are a lot of talented people that never get the opportunity to prove themselves.” That’s what Furman wants -he’s desperately searching for a way to bring more talented outsiders in to Hollywood’s golden gates. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the Furman Horse remains a long-term goal. “I’m not nearly where I want to be yet,” he says, almost apologetically, “but I’ll get there.” And of that there’s no doubt -- it’s the only way this hustler knows how to work. Story By Max Hurwitz.

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f you’ve seen a Darren Aronofsky film before, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what’s in store for you when his latest, Black Swan, hits theaters on December 3rd. With a story based heavily on the classic ballet Swan Lake, the movie presents us with Nina (Natalie Portman) who’s paid her dues and is finally cast as a featured dancer, but finds that sometimes reaching your dreams can ultimately be a nightmare.

Of Aronofsky’s previous films, Black Swan probably has the most in common with Requiem for a Dream, describing the inner thoughts of the main character(s) visually through story and cinematography. Every shot has been carefully thought out, showing exactly what you need to see (or what you think you see), and is so well done it seems almost effortless. The music and audio cues are also extremely effective (like effectively making me piss myself

during a particularly tense scene.) Besides the camera work, the performances in this movie are completely worth the ridiculous ticket prices, especially those of Portman and Mila Kunis (Lilly). Though much will be made of their lesbian sex scene, both actresses rock this movie. While Kunis is better than I’ve ever seen her, Portman steals the show. Forget her awful portrayal of a block of wood in the Star Wars prequels. Here she

gives us sorrow, pain, hope, anger… oftentimes all in a single instant, and you will believe every moment. If you’re looking for a great film to see with the family this holiday season, well, you’ve probably got something wrong with you if you take them to this one… but if you need a quick break from the festivities, Black Swan is a beautiful, if not completely uplifting, holiday diversion. Story by Justin Fitzwater.


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rowing up, Wren designer Melissa Coker wanted to be an interior decorator. Her love for the exterior, however, soon got the best of her and in early adulthood she entered the fashion world as an intern for Helmut Lang. Several impressive fashion gigs later (trend forecaster?!), Coker began to design clothes for herself and for her friends (lucky girls!), an entire collection of which was readily bought by Opening Ceremony. Thus Wren was born and named for the Dickens character Jenny Wren, whom Coker describes as a ‘winsome creature who makes dresses for dolls.’ The designer, who counts Satine, Driftwood, and OK among her favorite local boutiques, says she’s loving longer length skirts and animal prints this season and is looking forward to peter pan collars this spring. As for what to wear this holiday season, Coker favors ‘something sparkly but rough around the edges’ and recommends gifting favored girlfriends with silk blouses from her collection because ‘everyone needs one!’ What does Coker most need this time of year? Plane tickets to some place ‘warm and peaceful.’ Bah, humbug! Bring on the cold – how else can we rock Wren’s leopard print coats all winter long? Story by Erin Bunch.

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estled into the store’s wooden racks can be found woven hats from Ethiopia, knit ponchos from Bolivia and Peru, miniature baby moccasins, and vintage jean jackets from the 50’s and 60’s. Any guesses as to which new Malibu Country Mart tenant this describes? Perhaps surprisingly, it belongs to Levi’s new Malibu concept store, the first of many such spaces LA Canvas is told will be popping up in neighborhoods across the country

this year and next. While this magazine has been sworn to secrecy about the new locations, the Malibu shop, now open, is fair game. From the hand-crafted looms that frame the store’s entrance to the well selected Malibu mural that adorns the back wall (a map of ‘Racho Malibu’ taken from a 1930’s real estate brochure), not a detail has been spared in the creation of this unique retail space. The overall vibe is less “surfer” than rustic, though locally

made board shorts and surfboards do take up some wall space. The ambiance has a nostalgic sensibility reminiscent of grandpa but countered by hipster employees. Denim lovers can peruse carefully considered selections of 501’s, curve ID’s, vintage Levi’s, and almost any other denim style they desire (leggings!) as well as selecting cost-friendly leather jackets, cozy plaid button-downs, bow-ties, any number of hats, and BillyKirk

wallets. Many items are displayed alongside their history, a feature which enables connection between the famous corporation and it’s perhaps more indie-minded, beachdwelling clientele. After all, Levi’s began in California, a fact which makes this new store a homecoming of sorts. The reunion feels about as right as an old pair of Levi’s, no? Story by Erin Bunch. 3862 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu


The best thing about winter in Los Angeles is that you can do sleeveless fur without looking like a fashion victim. It’s cold! But, it’s hot! Okay, it’s 70 and sunny but it’s December so faux fur is not a faux pas. Long and wooly or short and leathery - anything goes when the weather is anything but cold.

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LAC: For Angelenos that have never eaten at Scarpetta, what can they expect from your food? CONANT: The starting point for Scarpetta in general is actually the last point of the meal… the food is just so good and the environment is so comfortable that you are just inspired to grab that last piece of bread and sop up what’s on the plate, which is called a scarpetta. The name Scarpetta, I think, is a great word, but most importantly it’s that constant reminder to me that that’s the point of the experience for the customer. LAC: How do you plan to divide your time between all of your restaurants?


How much time will you spend in LA? CONANT: I plan on spending a lot of time here. I am opening up Las Vegas in December and the good thing about that is that I am really forced to spend a lot of time on the West Coast…so I am looking forward to being bi-coastal. LAC: What percentage of dishes at Scarpetta Los Angeles appear on menus at other locations? CONANT: There are a lot of dishes that are unique to Scarpetta and myself. About 60% of the menu is tried and true and the other 40% of the menu evolves seasonally. LAC: What do you think people

here in LA want to eat more compared to in New York? CONANT: It seems like people are much more health conscious, so I’m not sure the trio of bacon is gonna work. LAC: What are some signature dishes guests should look out for? CONANT: I do this spaghetti with tomato and basil, which just seems to follow me around. That’s the one thing I am really looking forward to cooking in this kitchen. LAC: Who inspired your love of food and when did you decide you wanted to be a chef? CONANT: It had to be my grandmother. I have these memories

of my grandmother making pasta and things like that. They had this huge garden in their backyard that I remember as a kid… the wafting scent of basil still reminds me of them…huge fennel growing by the side of their house… radicchio being cut… and then on my father’s side of the family… my father grew up on a potato farm in Maine… so I think it started from that…the appreciation of food, appreciation of product at the table… in a very subtle way, it wasn’t really spoken about. It was just dinner. Or it was lunch. Location: 225 N. Canon Dr.

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ucked behind a smattering of outdoor tables on an up-and-coming stretch of La Brea sits Tinga, LA’s newest ode to the taco and then some. This tiny, narrow gem serves up uber fresh Mexican fare with a colorful twist. Within its eco-friendly, Thomas Hayes-designed digs, communal tables are crafted from renewable walnut cutting boards and repurposed metal, while dishes are served in biodegradable bowls and the entire space is brightened with LED lighting.

Moderately priced and super casual, you simply walk up to the counter and place your order, grab a fresh watermelon lemonade and, if you’re lucky, nab one of the three outdoor tables. Inside, you can perch comfortably atop a short, round stool and tuck into a short rib taco composed of a house-made tortilla piled high with beef, salsa verde and pickled red cabbage. Otherwise, you may opt for the flavor-packed and hot, hot, hot “cochinita pibil,” stuffed with pulled pork and lovingly slow-roasted

with bitter orange, achiote, pickled cabbage, and habanero salsa. Did we mention this one was hot? Tacos arrive two to a plate, served with a side of crisp tortilla chips along with a spoonful of red tomato salsa. Still hungry? Don’t miss the creamy mushroom quesadilla, melted down with jack, goat, and cream cheese - the secret ingredient. In my book, there’s always room for dessert. The absolute must-try sweet at Tinga is a riff on fried ice cream - but here, chef and owner

Jerry Baker switches it up a little and serves a plate of partially fried, chewy tortilla chips beneath a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream, topped off with a house-made caramel sauce and a light dusting of cinnamon and powdered sugar. For a neophyte restauranteur, Tinga is off to a flavor-packed start. Story by Kat Odell. Location: 142 S La Brea Ave. Prices: 2 tacos cost $5.50 and $8.50 Quesadillas are $9.50


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engaged couples sit side by side whispering to each other, all the action takes place behind the bar. Enter, mix master Matt Biancaniello, farmers market fiend and creative force behind the bar’s supremely seasonal and stellar libations all concocted with fruits and herbs from Santa Monica and Hollywood farmers’ markets. Sometimes those fruits, veggies, and herbs get juiced or muddled, other times Matt drops them straight into bottles of booze for his roster of varied house infusions. Shiitake

mushroom infused bourbon? You’ll find it here. However, full disclosure, because of seasonality and limited batches of infusions, there’s no guarantee that what you drink today will be offered tomorrow. While at Library Bar you might want to acquaint yourself with Noggin Grog, a creamy, holiday style refreshment perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas cocktail parties. The flavors of vanilla and almond, plus the warm earthiness in the bourbon with a hint of

sweetness in the rum embody the ultimate cold weather libation decoratively garnished with a dusting of chocolate. And as beautiful as Matt’s concoctions appear, hard to believe, but they taste even better. Though do remember, just because you can’t taste the booze most definitely does not mean it’s missing. Designated driven highly encouraged. Story by Kat Odell. Location: 7000 Hollywood Blvd

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ibrary Bar, one of LA’s best kept drinking secrets resides in a most unexpected locale, the perpetually chic, Old Hollywood-inspired Roosevelt Hotel. Blink and you might miss this tiny, darkly-lit bar tucked directly behind Teddy’s. Dark wood paneling and a few tufted sofas within the intimate space lend the feel of a personal library although, no Liberian will admonish you to be quiet here. The bar space lends the feel of a personal library, and while

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n an up and coming block, nestled between nightlife newbies Exchange LA and Spring Street, sits downtown’s newest haunt, The Falls. The Falls is a design dream come true for proprietor Michelle Marini, who previously opened Lava Lounge back in 1993, which was reopened three years ago as The Woods. “Everything I didn’t get to do at The Woods I got to do at The Falls,” Marini explains. If you’ve been to The Woods, The

Falls isn’t a huge aesthetic departure. Where The Woods showcases a geometric wall of square log cutouts, The Falls boasts a similar wall of round log cutouts, just imagine the side profile of a stack of Lincoln Logs but on a larger scale. “The Falls is like a more adult version of The Woods,” Marini continues, and this statement couldn’t be more true. The Woods’ earthy wooden tables made from tree trunks make an appearance at The Falls; however,

this time around they are coated with a splash of gold paint for a hint of gilded glamour. Haphazardly broken pieces of slate fit against the bar’s backsplash like a jigsawpuzzlewhile the tiered art deco chandeliers cast a warm, golden glow over the space and its patrons. And the whole earthy-glam-70sinspired feel transcends over to the dj in the back left corner spinning an amalgam of electric beats. Get comfy in one of the two round

booths over right, or sidle up to the long, wooden-topped bar for a bevy of cocktails crafted from fresh lemon, lime and grapefruit juice. Down the line, Marini plans to add other muddled creations, like her recent experiment, The Mustang Ranch, which incorporates: red pepper vodka, strawberries, lime, simple syrup and basil. Story by Kat Odell. Location: 626 S. Spring Street


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Dropping you right into the heart of battle on a ship just over Atlantis, Kratos must battle several new baddies, like a Krakken looking creature named Scylla. Armed with a killer new spear and shield, no more is he just an offensive fighter but now he has more defensive skills. With shield in hand, you can now block long ranged attacks as well as unleash intense damage with the Eye of Atlantis, a powerful blast of lightning that electrocutes your enemies to death. Down side to this demo is the fact that it finishes in about 15 minutes, which is way too short for for hard-core gamers. Story by Andrea Emmes.

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rely on accelerometers or vibrating remote controls. It’s simply a 3D motion-tracking camera complete with microphones that mount to the top of the television. Sony, Microsoft’s rival, has scoffed at the approach, arguing that physical controllers with buttons are an essential part of video gaming, and always will be. But it is Microsoft’s willingness to ignore this old trope that makes

Kinect really interesting. Unfortunately, Kinect’s software lacks the ambitions of its hardware. At launch, you may find it a bit of a Wii Sports clone. There’s a racing game in which you hold an imaginary steering wheel, a couple of dancing games and a whole bunch of exercise programs. They’re not necessarily bad ideas, but they bring an air of “been there, done that,” even if the

execution is a little different. Kinect’s allure lies in its potential. In Kinect Adventures (the game included with the controller), your avatar travels on a raft, while you flail your arms wildly and watch as the character mimics your moves precisely, albeit with a brief lag. This actually has no bearing on the game’s outcome whatsoever, but I dare you not to smile while you’re doing it. Story by Jared Newman.




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American Red Cross, Los Angeles Region Give the gift of life this holiday season by donating blood. LA’s Red Cross is always in need of blood donors, especially around major holidays. To find a donation spot near you, visit their website or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank The Los Angeles Food Bank welcomes volunteers from Tuesday to Saturday to help inspect, sort, organize and package donations of food. All volunteers must sign up directly via email or phone prior to the day that they want to help, and must be aged 14 or over. The Los Angeles Food Bank also accepts non-perishable food items as well as financial donations. For more information, visit the website or contact their volunteer coordinator by email on

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Food on Foot Help Food on Foot distribute pre-packaged food and clothing to Hollywood’s homeless and hungry. Every Sunday, volunteers are asked to give 90 minutes of their time to help this organization feed, clothe and educate the needy. Volunteers can sign up via the website. Food on Foot also accepts clothing that is in good condition as well as financial donations.

Los Angeles Animal Services The Los Angeles Animal Services needs volunteers to help assist the public and help the staff at their animal service clinics and at off-site adoptions. For more information about animal clinic centers near you and to volunteer, visit their website.


Volunteer Center of Los Angeles If none of these seem right for you, visit the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles website and they will connect you with a volunteer opportunity that fits with your interests, schedule and means.


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of her compositions, these pictures are not really about beautiful things. Her hyperbolic cavalcades of abstract and symbolic imagery are constructed of floral motifs, constellations, patterns of nature, industry, urbanity and pop culture -- incorporating organic and artificial color and form into layered walls that both evoke, express and subvert their own story-lines. And about those story-lines. These confections are high-caloric intake, referencing the extreme end-game of this culture’s obsession

with celebrity and material luxury. Magowan has been thinking about fashion (a result of her work in the industry); or, more precisely, she’s been thinking about it from a different, deeper, darker angle. These images are in no small part inspired by a profound curiosity about the circumstances of the 1994 murder of fashion-design icon Gianni Versace at the hands of Andrew Cunanan. Rather than the grisly details, Magowan is intrigued by the interweaving narratives of

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